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How Rhinoplasty Fixes A Crooked Nose

A crooked nose can affect more than your appearance. 

Often, they may result in frequent nose bleeds and/or difficulty breathing. The crookedness can also cause a nasal obstruction to one or both nostrils. Not only can this limit the ability to breathe through your nose, but it can also affect your sleeping.

These are many reasons why rhinoplasty can sometimes be the best option for anyone who suffers from these difficulties. Today, we’re taking a look at how we use rhinoplasty to fix a crooked nose.

Types of Rhinoplasty for a Crooked Nose

There are different approaches to crooked nose rhinoplasty. The type of nose surgery performed depends largely on the cause of the crookedness, and its effects. 

Some of the typical causes include:

  • Congenital Anomaly (Happened at birth)
  • Deviated Septum
  • Infection
  • Nostril Collapse
  • Off-Centred Nasal Septum
  • Prior Surgery: A temporary nasal distortion is not uncommon while waiting for the post-surgery swelling to dissipate
  • Trauma/Injury


A septoplasty is a common approach when the crooked nose is the result of a deviated septum. 

This procedure straightens the nose and relieves the blockage in the nasal airways.

This procedure is necessary when the septum itself is crooked. The septum is the space which divides your nostril. So, when the septum is crooked, it can seriously obstruct breathing. 

The plastic surgeon performs the septoplasty to straighten the bone and cartilage. This can then allow for proper airflow.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

If there isn’t a medical issue, cosmetic rhinoplasty is a typical approach to fix a nose shape.  It’s aesthetics-focused and can fix the appearance of a crooked nose.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty can involve modifying nasal cartilage and bone, as well as adding tissue. A good surgeon requires a strong sense of aesthetics and symmetry for this procedure.

It’s often used for purposes like making your nose narrower, smaller, adjusting angles, or reshaping the size and position of the nostrils.

Functional Rhinoplasty

The main purpose of functional rhinoplasty is to correct breathing problems. This approach can also fix aesthetic issues, but the priority is to clear airways. A common reason for a functional rhinoplasty is having naturally narrow nasal passageways.

In functional rhinoplasty, the specialist repairs the cartilage inside your nostrils. As well, they correct any other structural defects that are blocking the airways.

Some concerns require a mixture of cosmetic and functional nose jobs. A pinched nasal tip is a good example of this. It causes asymmetry, while also affecting a person’s breathing.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

If the crooked nose is only a cosmetic concern, you may be a candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty. This approach uses a soft tissue filler, like Juvederm. The dermal filler can mask the crookedness. 

Dermal fillers are a lower cost and require minimal downtime. However, it is not a permanent solution. You may need to get the filler again within the next 6-12 months.

Have A Crooked Nose? Schedule A Consultation With Toronto’s Rhinoplasty Specialist

Doctor Richard Rival is a respected rhinoplasty specialist in Toronto. He performs thousands of rhinoplasties every year with a keen eye for aesthetics and symmetry. Dr. Rival helps you understand your options and sets up realistic expectations.

Book a consultation today!

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